Archive | September, 2012

Chicken in Oil – 296 of 365

An American friend and I recently discussed our mutual disdain for the average piece of Vietnamese chicken.  Anyone who has ever eaten some of this highly interesting stuff knows what I am talking about.  It’s a case of bird meats cleaver to become one hacked up mess.  Each piece is an abomination of bone shards, […]

Mì Thập Cẩm Combination Egg Noodle Soup – 295 of 365

One thing is for certain living in Vietnam.  Wherever I go my entrance is never less than grand.  Being able to stop people in their tracks and become the recipient of their gawking and staring is an art form indeed.  Yes, it bothers me and makes me sometimes self-conscious, but oh well.  What can you […]

Cà Ri Gà Sân Bay Airport Curry Chicken – 294 of 365

Minus the all too typical rubber chicken (standard feature in Vietnam), this plastic container of goodness is probably one of the better airport foods I have tasted.  What a nice surprise to arrive in Dalat and have something other than fried rice or noodles for a change.  We serve our customers a meal at the […]

Xôi Xá Xíu Sticky Rice and Roast Pork – 293 of 365

Either this one was really that good or I really was just that hungry.  Perhaps in the end the great taste was driven by a bit of both.  In any case, I really did enjoy this street food breakfast served up alongside average Hanoians starting their day. This food stand sprouts out of the sidewalk in […]

Cupcakes – 292 of 365

A TV show called DC Cupcakes comes on over here and I am thinking you have got to be kidding me.  A reality show about cupcakes?  How in the world can there be enough drama surrounding baked goods to make people hungry enough to watch. Cupcakes must be the latest and greatest fad since several joints […]

Bún Cá Fried Fish Noodle Soup – 291 of 365

What’s better than a scorching hot bowl of noodle on a mercifully cool Hanoi evening?  Well, I guess I can think of a lot of other things too, but at least at dinner time, soup fits the bill.  And just when I always think I’ve just about tapped out the entire soup rotation in the […]

Xôi Chiên Fried Rice Pancake – 290 of 365

Hands down this sidewalk delight may go down as one of the greasiest foods I have ever encountered in my life.  Forget everything McDonald’s, KFC and their ilk may have ever taught tastebuds the world over.  This fried square even beats fried Twinkies, fried candy bars and anything else gestating in a vat of oil […]

Tôm Thịt Bò Xào Beef and Prawn Stir Fry – 289 of 365

I ordered the steak and shrimp today and didn’t even have to think twice about the price.  Well, I almost had “steak and shrimp.”  Steak and shrimp always pair so well at fancy restaurants back home, and I do enjoy that combination.  You can just imagine my delight when I spotted something vaguely similar.  This […]

Tấm Kẹp Ngũ Vị Broken Rice Burger Bites – 288 of 365

My friend Allie is in town from Hanoi and admits to not being the greatest of street food fans.  Come to think of it, she isn’t really all that great of a connoisseur of most Vietnamese foods.  That’s ok though.  Having different tastes is what makes the world an interesting place for us all, and […]

Gà Rán KFC – 287 of 365

The planets just didn’t align today for another amazing round of street food.  Something pesky called work along with something even peskier called rain kept my wanderlust locked up this morning.  Yes, I could have gotten out and about for a while had a tried but being lazy was just easier this time. And this […]